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FIFA lodge criminal complaint over 2018 and 2022 World Cups

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FIFA have lodged a criminal complaint against individuals involved in possible criminal offences committed in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

The FIFA ethics judge Hans-Joachim Eckert had recommended a complaint following the report published last week allowing Russia and Qatar to host the next two World Cups.

However, Eckert claims: "There is insufficient evidence to call into question the whole bidding process."

A statement from the FIFA website read:

"The subject of the criminal complaint is the possible misconduct of individual persons in connection with the awarding of the hosting rights of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups investigated by Michael Garcia, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee"

"In particular there seem to be grounds for suspicion that, in isolated cases, international transfers of assets with connections to Switzerland took place"

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Further details from the report remain private despite calls for the findings to made public, particularly after Michael Garcia complained his report had been misrepresented.

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